Alex Katz (b. 1927, New York) is a modern and contemporary artist renowned for the highly-stylized aesthetic of his portraits and landscapes, using bright, flat colors to expand, rather than compress the canvas. As a young artist, Katz developed this hallmark stylization through experimenting with collaged paper and aluminum cutouts, a method that has brought him critical acclaim and commercial success. Katz began exhibiting his work in 1954, and since then has produced a celebrated body of work that includes paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures.
Katz studied studio art at The Cooper Union and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. His work can be found in nearly 100 public collections worldwide, including the Art Institute of Chicago, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (Washington, D.C), Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York) and Centre Georges Pompidou (Paris).